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Catalog 2020-2021 
Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Private Investigator

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Program Description

This Continuing Education Certificate prepares students for a job in the field of Private Investigation. Private Investigators are hired to do investigative work involving legal, financial, or personal matters, and offer a variety of services including background verification, locating missing persons, conducting surveillance, and more. Private investigators must have a good understanding of federal, state, and local laws, as well as legal issues affecting their work. Private investigators work in many places, depending on their assignment or case. Some spend more time in offices, doing computer searches, while others spend more time in the field, conducting interviews and performing surveillance. They may work irregular hours. The program will provide a combination of education and experience to assist a student in obtaining an entry-level position in a public or private organization.

Program Outcomes

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential:

Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Training Certificate and will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).  

Students will be prepared to begin employment with a licensed agency and must pass a criminal background check by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); the student can also apply for a Private Investigator certificate with Maryland State Police.


Certifying Organization:

Maryland State Police  https://mdsp.maryland.gov

Financial Aid and Payment Options

Aid Available from CCBC

A number of financial aid resources are available during the COVID-19 pandemic to assist students with their tuition and fees.  For further information on what may be available for students participating in this program contact the Continuing Education Information Center at ceed@ccbcmd.edu and check out our Continuing Education Financial Aid information page at www.ccbcmd.edu/cefinaid.

Other Resources:

Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition
Division of Rehabilitation Services
Local Office of Workforce Development

Program Length

1 year

Program Requirements

High School Diploma or GED

Application Process

To apply, go to www.ccbcmd.edu/apply and complete the CCBC Non-Credit Workforce Training Certificate application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

Program Sequence

Course Number

Course Title

Course Hours



Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)

SSP 259

Criminal Justice and the Constitution



T: $239  F: $556

  • Criminal Justice and the Constitution, $22.00
  • Seven Deadly Sins: Constitutional Rights and the Criminal Justice System, $53.00


SSP 261

Criminal Law



T: $239  F: $556

Criminal Law Practical Workbook, $13.05

SSP 260

Private Investigation



T: $239  F: $556

Open Educational Resource, no cost

SSP 262

Criminal Justice Internship Part I



T: $119  F: $276

None required

SSP 263

Criminal Justice Internship-Part II



T: $119  F: $276

None required

Course Series Totals:




T:$955 F:$ 2220


Additional Information

Skills for Success:

Self-Discipline; computer skills; detail-oriented​; strong interpersonal skills; strong problem-solving skills; ability to analyze evidence; organized; resourceful.

Career Opportunities:

Private investigator jobs can be found in the private and public sector, and in small and large organizations or companies.



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Program Contact Information

Coordinator: Moire Riley | 443-840-1804| mriley@ccbcmd.edu| Hunt Valley 106

Program Support: Mylinda McGinley | 443-840-3678 | mmcginley@ccbcmd.edu | Dundalk STAT 118

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